Move up to a sustainable home at an affordable price







We all need somewhere to live that we can afford. Previous governments have done little to balance the system and for the most part councils were given a free reign to empire build, competing against other counties for prestige - rather than catering for the ordinary man and thinking about the planet.


That explains all the heavy handed enforcement. Because, in order to preserve high prices in their areas, and plentiful backhanders too boot, one has to stop ordinary folk from trying to live economically - which, as it happens is also living ecologically.




The Utopia Tristar RE flat-pack, a 20' x 18' home complying with the Caravans Act, also being zero carbon rated, if assembled correctly according to the supplied specifications. Utopia flatpacks start at £25,000 for a basic specification. If you already have permission for a caravan on site, you won't need to apply again. The design shown features a solar conservatory and PV panels, which cost extra. Email: for a no obligation chat about your options. We also have an in-house planning strategist, who obtained our first consent for a design similar to the above, except three times the size.






The discourse about Gypsy and Traveller communities has a long and well-established history. An integral element has been the unresolved tension between the experiences of Traveller and settled communities, and the relationship between these communities and the state.  These experiences are replicated across England and Wales, with recent media attention focused on examples in Bournemouth, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and the London Borough of Newham. 

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is currently consulting on strategies for managing unauthorised encampments, and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has just published proposals for the regulation and governance of public spaces. The implementation of the new duties on public bodies to promote community relations and race equality under the Race Relations Amendment Act in May 2002 will also have a bearing on the delivery of goods and services to the Gypsy and Traveller communities. 


  • the needs, experiences and rights of Gypsy and Traveller communities, particularly in relation to accommodation and economic activity, on the one hand, and

  • the responsibilities and duties of local authorities in promoting economic, environmental and social well-being, encouraging and providing for community safety and community cohesion, promoting race relations and responding to (and managing) the demands of the local electorate on the other.



Gypsies have been travelling the roads of Britain for hundreds of years, but now only one in 10 Romanies spend their lives on the move. Hannah Satterthwaite talks to John and Linda Porter about what the future holds for their community.


BY the age of nine John Porter was at work with his father, collecting scrap and doing odd jobs. He was married to his childhood sweetheart at 14, by which time the family had relocated more times than he can remember.  Born in a Gypsy wagon in the tiny village of Newton in the Willows in Lincolnshire, John’s childhood is not unusual for a Romany traveller.  “We had to start work young,” he said. “That was the only way to survive. We started as kids and never stopped.”



Gypsy traditional travellers wagon

Traditional Gypsy Caravans



Gypsy leader charges dropped  15 Apr 03  |  North Yorkshire

Gypsies say council is racist  04 Apr 03  |  England

Award for gypsy leader  24 Mar 03  |  England

Legal action to remove gypsies delayed  19 Mar 03  |  England

Gypsy leader gets UN role  18 Jan 03  |  England



More Gypsy Voices

The needs of traveller children are largely overlooked in schools. Could new efforts to raise awareness of Romany culture in the curriculum boost their chances? Diane Taylor reports

Tuesday August 19, 2003  The Guardian

In the last two decades schools have adopted an increasingly inclusive approach to pupils from a variety of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. But there is one group of children whose differences and specific needs are often overlooked - Gypsy traveller children.


Gypsies are thought to have arrived on English soil about 400 years ago. Researchers believe they left the Indus valley in northern India in the ninth century and travelled through Persia, reaching eastern Europe about 1,000 years ago. Their language contains Sanskrit, along with parts of the Greek, Romanian and other languages.  They have historically moved around the UK, taking up seasonal work such as fruit- and flower-picking. Travellers say one of the main reasons for conflict between their community and the sedentary one is that British society does not recognise the right to a nomadic way of life.


Many non-Gypsies know little more about Gypsy culture than quaintly painted wagons and women who wear large gold-hooped earrings - although many Gypsies have neither. Although there are an estimated 42,000 Gypsy traveller children in England, they have been very much a poor relation in terms of receiving specialist support in schools and in terms of the recognition of their culture within the curriculum.  As long ago as 1967, the Plowden reports acknowledged the specific needs of Gypsy traveller children, stating that: "the children's educational needs are . . . extreme and largely unmet . . . They will require special attention and carefully planned action."


HMI reports in 1996 and 1999 raised concerns about the level of attainment of Gypsy traveller pupils, particularly at secondary school level, where attendance rates are lower than at primary school. "In all schools where information was available, over 50% of the Gypsy traveller population were on the SEN [special educational needs] register, and in one school it was 80%. In half the schools, no Gypsy traveller child has yet sat for GCSE," says the 1999 HMI report, Raising the Achievement of Minority Ethnic Pupils.







Voices: The Gypsy's Horse is on Radio 4 at 11.30pm on Friday August 22. The Voices website is at Aiming high: raising the achievement of gypsy traveller pupils - a guide to good practice is available by emailing or calling 0845 6022260.

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Gypsy Collections - Gypsy wagons
Smith, David (1969) Gypsy caravan painters. in Journal of the GLS (3rd series) 49 (1-2), 1969, pp34-40 ...


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Horse Drawn Gypsy Caravans Holidays, Building and Restoration
Horse Drawn Gypsy Caravan Holidays, Building and Restoration in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK ... Horse drawn gypsy caravan holidays give you the chance to sample something different. - Restoring a Gypsy Vardo Caravan
Information on the restoration of an original Gypsy caravan For information on other Gypsy related topics click on the images below, beside each image is a brief description of what topic the site ...


Gypsy wagon traveller for sale
Have you always wanted to own a gypsy caravan?  Built to order by Nick Dow Painted to show condition, and containing a "Queenie" stove. Wagons are sold complete with shafts, steps, pan box.


Gypsy Caravan Building, Restoration and Painting
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Horse Drawn Gypsy Caravan Holidays, Wiltshire
UK horse drawn caravan holidays at Pewsey Vale, rural Wiltshire. Traditional gypsy caravans sleep up to 5 people. Static caravans available midweek. ... Caravan: Tuesday afternoon to Friday morning. For more information about horse drawn or static caravans from White Horse Gypsy - Restoring a Gypsy Vardo Caravan
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BBC NEWS | Wales | Mid Wales | Respects paid as caravan burns
Crowds gather as the caravan of a prominent Romany gypsy is burned in an age-old ceremonial rite.


The Observer | Special reports | A burning issue in the village
The Bonfire Night torching of a Gypsy caravan effigy, and the arrests of 12 Sussex villagers on race hate charges.


http://www.bltm/epona/index.htm  Build your own wagon - project story and pictures.





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